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NER poet Alison C. Rollins received a 2018 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award in poetry.

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Work First Published in NER Selected for Prize Anthologies, Contributors Nominated for Awards

November 7, 2018


MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – It’s been a busy year at the
New England Review (NER). The fall’s annual crop of literary prize anthologies features work from the literary quarterly, and several contributors have received award nominations. Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry first published in NER have been cited and selected by four “Best American” anthologies—Short Stories, Poetry, Travel Writing, and Essays—as well as the Pushcart Prize anthology. A handful of NER authors are also receiving recognition from the National Book Foundation and the Rona Jaffe Foundation.

“As NER celebrates its 40th anniversary,” said Carolyn Kuebler, editor of NER, “it’s wonderful to see the finest anthologies and foundations acknowledge and honor our talented up-and-coming writers for their work.”

The prize anthologies, the authors, and their work are listed below:

• Best American Short Stories 2018 includes Yoon Choi’s “The Art of Losing”; listed among Other Distinguished Stories is Alyssa Pelish’s “The Pathetic Fallacy.”
• Best American Poetry 2018 includes Adrienne Su’s poem “Substitution.”
• Best American Travel Writing 2018 includes Barrett Swanson’s “Notes from a Last Man.”
• Best American Essays 2018 lists as “Notable” Evan Lavender-Smith’s “Post-its,” Kim McLarin’s “Eshu Finds Work,” and Clarence Orsi’s “Take Stock.”
• New Stories from the Midwest honors Steve de Jarnatt’s “Wraiths in Swelter.”
• The Pushcart Prize XLIII: Best of the Small Presses—published November 6, 2018—includes Nomi Stone’s poem “Wonder Days.”

More information on works that appeared in 2018 anthologies is available on the NER website.

Two NER authors have been listed as finalists for the 2018 National Book Awards. Winners will be announced at the 69th National Book Awards ceremony on November 14. Rebecca Makkai is included in the short list for fiction for her novel The Great Believers, a story of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris. Makkai’s story “The Briefcase” was featured in NER Volume 29, Number 2. Terrance Hayes is a finalist for the award in poetry for his collection American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin. The poems explore the meanings of “American,” “assassin,” and “love” in the sonnet form. His work was featured in NER Volume 39, Number 1.

Alison C. Rollins received a 2018 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award in poetry. The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards, founded in 1995 by the late novelist Rona Jaffe, are presented annually to six women writers who display excellence and promise in the early stages of their career. The only national literary award designed exclusively to support women writers, it is accompanied by a $30,000 prize. Rollins’s poem “Five and a Possible” is featured in NER Volume 39, Number 3.

More information on authors who have received an award or who have been nominated is available here.

Published by Middlebury College, New England Review is a nationally recognized literary journal that cultivates artistic excellence and innovation in contemporary writing and engages readers deeply in the literary arts through its quarterly publication, dynamic web presence, and public reading series.